Calendar of Events

Frontenac, KS

December 6 & 7: Movin On, 7 pm, Barto’s Idle Hour.

December 13 & 14: Cotton, 7:30 pm, Barto’s Idle Hour.

December 27: Johnnie Zibert Polka Band, 7:30 pm, Barto’s Idle Hour.

December 28: Cotton, 7:30 pm, Barto’s Idle Hour.

Franklin, KS

December 1: The Gunn Family Legacy & Its Influence on the Little Blue Books, 2 pm, Miners Hall Museum.

December 15: “Rest State: Socialism and the Free State Press,” 2 pm, presentation at Miners Hall Museum.

Girard, Ks

December 20: Greenbush Observatory Night: Winter Solstice and the Seasons, 7 pm.

McCune, KS

December 8: Paint Class, 2 pm, McCune Farm to Market.

December 15: Easy Artisan Bread Class, 3 pm, McCune Farm to Market.

Pittsburg, KS

November 28: Give Thanks 5K, 8 am, Wilderness Park.

December 4: Tribute to the Superstars: George Strait, 1 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino.

December 4: “Seasons of Light,” 6 pm, Kelce Planetarium on PSU campus.

December 6: Gene Watson (country), 8 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino.

December 6: Eye Creatures & Everett the Grey, 9:30 pm, TJ Lelands.

December 18: Elvis Presley Tribute, 1 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino.

December 19: William Clark Green with Chris Colston, 9 pm, The Pitt.

December 22: Pittsburg Old Time Fiddlers and Pickers, 1 pm, Crawford County Historical Museum.

Events for Memorial Auditorium Convention Center, 503 N. Pine, 620.231.7827. Visit

December 12: PCMS Theater presents: Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. Pittsburg Community Middle School is proud to present Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR., based on the 1951 Disney film Alice in Wonderland and the novels The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. Tickets sold at the door (cash only): $5 adults, $3 under 18, free for kids under 3.

Carl Junction, MO

Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays: $3.00 Pickleball. Tuesday 1-3 pm; Saturday and Sunday 3-6 pm, Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Call 417.649.7237 for more information.

Saturdays & Wednesdays: Solemates Walking Group, Saturdays 9-10 am and Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Meet in Northpark Mall Food Court. For more information, phone 417.649.7237.

Thursdays: $5 Yoga, 6 pm, Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Call 417.649.7237 for more information.

December 3: Blood Pressure Hosted by W.C. Health & Rehab, 11 am, Carl Junction Senior Center.

December 7:  Lion’s Club Breakfast, 7-10 am. Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Full breakfast, $6/adults. Carryout available.

December 8: The Carl Junction Lion’s Club hosts the Christmas Parade, 2 pm. Main Street, followed by CJ Community Library-Carl Junction’s Next Chapter hosting Cookies with Santa, in the Library, in the Community Center.

December 10: The TREBLEMAKERS, noon. CJ schools will entertain.

December 12: CJ Junior High School Choir, TBA, CJ Junior High.

December 14: CJ Community Library-Carl Junction’s Next Chapter, 6-8:30 pm. CJ Community Library-Carl Junction’s Next Chapter will host a Polar Express event. You can find more information on the library’s FB page or phone 417.483.8342.

Carthage, MO

Saturdays: Painting Classes for All Ages, 12-3:30 pm, Cherry’s Custom Framing. Cost: $30, includes material. Call 417.358.2707.

December 4: Carthage Chamber Leading Ladies presents Personal Protection, 3:35 pm, The Lighthouse, 801 S. Main. Learn to be more aware of your surroundings and able to protect yourself, especially with the hectic holiday season upon us. Presentation and demonstration with Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputy Isaac West. Please RSVP to Neely Myers at

Diamond, MO

George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs. Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit

December 1: Film: A Genius Remembered, 11 am. This 30-minute film explores the life of George Washington Carver, told by people who knew him and by others whose work was influenced by his great legacy.

December 7: Holiday Open House, 1-3 pm. Park staff and volunteers invite the public to a holiday celebration of seasonal music, interpretive programs and refreshments.

December 14 & 15: Carver Laboratory Demonstrations, 11 am-1 pm. Want to learn about some of the products George Washington Carver developed in his laboratory? Discover how Carver used some often-overlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture.

December 21 & 22: Film: Christmas in Yellowstone, 11 am. Stretching across more than 2.2 million acres, Yellowstone National Park was designated America’s first national park in 1872. Only a small fraction of visitors experience the park during winter months, a time when nature’s inhospitality is matched only by its serenity. This film lasts about 52 minutes.

December 28 & 29: Film: The Tuskegee Airmen, 11 am. In 1941, with the world at war, a select group of African Americans made their way to Tuskegee, Alabama, with dreams of becoming the first black fighter pilots in the country. This documentary explores the story of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Joplin, MO

Every Monday: Joplin Area Singles, 6 pm, Woody’s Smokehouse. Meet other area singles. Call 417.624.2717.

Every Friday: Friday Nights Out at Victory, 6-9 pm, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd. $3/person; max of $15/family. Half off admission with gym membership card. Open basketball court, archery tag, pool tables, foosball, bracelet making, Wii, Xbox 360. Call 417.206.6886.

Every Saturday: Empire Market Holiday Market, 10-3 pm. Join the Empire Market experience as we deck the halls during our Holiday Market! An additional hall of artisan vendors, gourmet food, fresh produce, live music, gift wrapping and more available each Saturday during the season. Call 417.986.3914.

December 6: First Friday Wine Share, 6-8 pm. Different venues throughout downtown Joplin each month. Bring a bottle of wine or craft beer to share. Downtown Joplin Alliance will take care of the rest. No charge to attend WineShare, 21 years of age. 417.501.9649.

December 6: The Woman’s Club of Joplin Luncheon, noon, Twin Hills: The Show-Me Harmony Choir Christmas Extravaganza will provide holiday musical entertainment. The cost for the luncheon is $13. For reservations, call Brenda 417.206.2353.

December 6-7: 36 Hours of Jack, 6 am-6 pm. 36 hours of ultra-endurance running on the Ruby Jack trail! 5k, 15k, 30k, 50k, 80k, 100k, 100m and 200k options available. Compete for a state record! We have eight distances this year on this flat and fast crushed limestone trail. The loop is 25k per round. We have special turns for the 5k, 15k, 30k and the final loop of the 100 miler. The aid stations are the best in business and you will see aid three times per loop. The course will be open for 36 hours, but that only applies to the 200k and 100-mile event. 100k will have 24 hours, 80k will have 18, 50k will have 12 and everyone else is six. Check in will be required at each aid station and no crew is allowed outside of the aid stations (instant DQ if busted). Pacers allowed for runners going over 50k, and they must be bibbed with a pacer bib (no charge). No bib transfers allowed. No virtual options. Check out the current records at

December 12: Missouri Master Naturalists-Chert Glades Chapter Meeting, 6:30 pm, Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center, 201 W. Riviera Drive. Information about joining the next volunteer training class starting in January. For more information, call the center at 417.629.3434.

December 25: 45th Annual Christmas Dinner for Others, 11-2 pm, First Community Church, 2007 E. 15th. Dinner will be served. Deliveries or pickups can be called in to the church at 417.781.1800 starting Monday, December 16, through Friday, December 20.  

Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, Missouri – All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email or visit our Facebook page for online registration options. Classes are limited to the first 20 students registered for preschool and yoga classes.

December 4 or 14: Preschool Nature Connections: The After Christmas Tree. Free; Dec. 4, 1-2 pm, Empire Market, 931 E. Fourth St., OR Dec. 14, 10-11 am. The class is for ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. Kids will discover how to keep the spirit of giving alive when Christmas is over. They will create items to feed the birds and other animals that live outdoors. To register, visit our Facebook page or call 417.708.7713 and leave a message.

December 12: Holiday Open House, 5-7:30 pm. Join the Missouri Department of Conservation and Wildcat Glades Friends Group as we celebrate the holidays with light refreshments and holiday activities for the kids. The Nature Store will be open for shopping offering a storewide 10 percent discount, so you can find that perfect gift for the nature-lover on your shopping list. Stop by any time.

December 13: Nature Explorers: Fishing Lure DIY, 6-8 pm, Shoal Creek Conservation & Education Center. For ages 7-12. Join us at the Center and get hooked on lures. We will learn about Missouri fishes and the best bait to bring them in. This indoor program will include a lure to create and take home. To register, visit our Facebook page or call 417708.7713 and leave a message.

December 14: Yoga in Nature for Kids, 11:15-11:45 am, Wildcat Glades Park Pavilion, 201 E. Riviera Dr. Ages 2 and up accompanied by an adult. Bring yoga mat or towel and a reusable water bottle.

December 14: Nature Christmas Crafts, noon-2 pm, Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th Street. Ages 7 to 12. We will use items from nature to create unique Christmas ornaments and decorations. Kids can make and take up to three items each. This class is free. To register, visit our Facebook page or call 417.708.7713.

Lamar, MO

Every Monday: Barton County Senior Center, 9 am-5 pm, 306 W. 11th. Cards, dominoes, exercise equipment, a reading library, pool, computer/internet access and Wii. Call 417.682.3881.

Monett, MO

December 2: Monett Senior Dance, first Monday of the month, 7-10 pm, Park Casino building. $3 to enter. Call 417.235.3285.

Grove, OK

December 14: Monthly Community Gospel Singing, 6 pm, Grove 1st Assembly of God, two miles east of Grove on south side of highway. Performing: The Goulds’ Christmas Special. Call 417.775.4121.

December 8: The Whoville 5K, 2-3 pm, Grove Area Chamber, 9630 Highway 59 N. Registration fee of $30, a cookie and a race t-shirt. For a registration form, please email Prizes awarded for the best times.

Miami, OK

December 14 & 15: Battle in the Dog Dome Youth Basketball Tournament, 8 am, Civic Center, 129 5th Ave NW. The City of Miami, Oklahoma, Recreation Department will host a youth basketball tournament for 6th grade boys and 6th grade girls only. For more information or to enter your team, contact Chuck McKibben at 918.542.4435 or email at

Angel of Hope Candlelight
Remembrance Ceremony

December 6, 7-8 pm • G.A.R. Cemetery

The Christmas Box Angel Statue was introduced to the world in the book The Christmas Box, a worldwide bestseller and hit television movie by author Richard Paul Evans. In the book, a woman mourns the loss of her child at the base of an angel monument. Though the story is mostly fiction, the angel monument once existed but is speculated to have been destroyed. The new angel statue was commissioned by Richard Paul Evans, in response to reports grieving parents were seeking out the angel as a place to grieve and heal. G.A.R. Cemetery is proud to have one of these unique angel statues and continue the tradition to have an annual candlelight remembrance. We welcome everyone who has lost a child or loved one to join us in remembrance by lighting a candle and placing a white flower at the base of our Angel of Hope.

Rotary Annual Pancake
Breakfast & Food Drive

December 7, 7 am-1 pm • 129 5th Ave. NW

Our annual pancake breakfast is held in conjunction with the Business Expo at the Miami Civic Center. All-you-can eat pancakes and sausage. Adults $7 and children $4. You can get tickets from any Rotarian or buy them at the door. Please bring some non-perishable food items to support Miami Interact food bank.

Miami Chamber of Commerce Hosts the Miami “A Country Christmas” Parade

December 7, 6-7 pm • 11 S. Main St.

The Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce is excited to see everyone’s entries at this year’s “A Country Christmas” Christmas parade. The parade is Saturday, December 7, at 6 pm.

Branson’s SIX Christmas Show
at the Coleman Theatre

December 21, 7:30-10:30 pm • 103 N. Main St.

Spend Christmas with SIX®, the showbiz spectacular filled with powerhouse vocals and the high-octane energy of six multi-talented brothers who take musical entertainment to a whole new level. Let SIX® transport you from their regular season where they bring their best hits and fan favorites to a Christmas SIX-perience you and your family will remember for many Christmases to come. Tickets are $37 for adults, $32 for seniors and veterans, and $22 for students and children.





Holiday Events

Christmas Parades

Missouri Parades

Aurora: December 14: 2 pm.

Joplin: December 3: Freeman Health System invites you to celebrate the holidays by joining the 45th Annual Joplin Christmas Parade at 6 pm! The parade route runs north on Main Street, starting at 15th Street and ending at 3rd Street. 417.347.4622.

Neosho: December 7: Neosho’s downtown square comes alive with the 2019 Christmas parade at 5:30 pm. 417.451.1925.

Carl Junction: December 8: 2 pm, Main St.

Carthage: December 2: Carthage’s Christmas Parade winds its way around the town’s historic square at 7 pm. 417.359.7026.

Cassville: December 7: 6 pm.

Granby: December 14: Time TBA

Lamar: December 12: Annual Lighted Christmas Parade, 6 pm. 417.682.3595.

Seneca: December 12: Annual Christmas Parade held in downtown Seneca, 6 pm. 417.776.2100.

Monett: December 3: Santa Claus leads Monett’s Christmas parade, which begins on Broadway and moves west from 8th Street to 1st Street. 11 am. 417.235.7919.

Pierce City: December 14: 5:30 pm.

Nevada/Vernon County: December 2 & 6: The Christmas Parade is Friday, December 6, at 6 pm. The pageant is Saturday, December 2, at 10 am. 417.667.5300.

Sarcoxie: December 7: 5:15 pm.

Webb City: December 4: 6:30 pm.

Kansas Parades

Baxter Springs: December 7: 2 pm.

Columbus: December 4: 7 pm.

Girard: December 5: Christmas Parade in Girard, 6 pm, downtown Girard.

Parsons: December 5: 7 pm.

Pittsburg: December 2: Christmas Parade in Pittsburg, 6:30 pm, downtown Pittsburg.

Riverton: December 5: noon, on Route 66.

Scammon: December 14: 1 pm.

Arkansas Parades

Bentonville: December 14: 6 pm.

Rogers: December 6: 7 pm.

Oklahoma Parades

Grove: December 14: The streets of Grove come alive on this very special night at 6 pm! Celebrate your holidays by joining us to watch the lighted floats, bands and organizations all decked out for the Christmas season. For further information or an entry form, contact the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce at 918.786.9079.

Miami: December 7: The Miami Area Chamber of Commerce presents the Miami Christmas parade on Route 66 at 6 pm. The historic Coleman Theatre provides a beautiful backdrop as entrants make their way down Main Street. 918.542.4481.

Vinita: December 6: The Vinita Christmas Parade of Lights has entertained thousands of children and adults year after year as it winds through the historic streets of downtown Vinita. 7 pm.

Other Holiday Events

Carthage, MO

artCentral: HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE @ HYDE HOUSE in CARTHAGE: Dec. 5, 6 & 7: Art, gifts, decor, Amaryllis fundraiser sale, 5×7 silent auction fundraiser, artist-created, pocket-friendly prices. Admission free. Generously underwritten by Old Missouri Bank. All proceeds are dedicated to artCentral’s work on behalf of the art and artists that enrich the cultural life of Carthage and neighboring communities. 

Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre: December 5-8, December 12-15: Miracle on 34th Street: 6 pm; Sunday matinee, 12:30 pm, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 Old 66 Boulevard. Call 417.388.1466 or 417.358.4300, or email

Joplin, MO

Joplin Little Theatre presents Return of the Christmas Kid, December 4-8: 7 pm; Sunday 2 pm, Joplin Little Theatre, 3008 W. 1st St. Tickets: $18 adults, $15 seniors and students, $8 kids 12 and under. More information:, 417.623.3638.

Elf: The Musical: December 5-8: 7 pm, Sunday 2 pm, Ozark Christian College Chapel, 1111 N. Main St. When Buddy discovers he’s not an elf, he travels to New York City to meet his father but quickly realizes his birth family is in desperate need of Christmas cheer. Adults $10, children ages 12 and under $5, groups of 10+ $8, under balcony $5. More information: Carolyn Hardison,, 417.626.1221.

Seasonal Choral Flourish, December 6: 7:30 pm, St. Peter’s the Apostle Catholic Church, 812 Pearl Ave. This highly anticipated annual performance by the MSSU Choral Department, under the direction of Dr. David Sharlow, will celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. Free and open to the public. More information: Rita Boyer,, 417.625.9318.

Photos with Santa, December 7: 11 am–2 pm, Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. Jane Ballard Photography and Joplin Empire Market are teaming up to capture a magical moment between your family and Santa Claus! All ages welcome. Cost: $10 for each shareable digital and one 4×6 printed (four additional 4×6 prints can be purchased onsite for an extra $10). More information: Ivy Hagedorn,, 417.986.3914.

Victorian Christmas Open House, December 7: 1-3 pm, Joplin History & Mineral Museum, 504 Schifferdecker Ave. A (very) old-fashioned, Christmas open house! Enjoy refreshments, take pictures with people in period dress, and create your very own Victorian ornament. To top it all off, Santa Claus will stop in for a visit! All ages welcome. More information: Christopher Wiseman,, 417.623.1180.

Choral Society Concert, December 8: 3 pm, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 2423 W. 26th St. Receive some holiday cheer from the MSSU Choral Society’s annual Christmas concert! Free and open to the public. More information: Rita Boyer,, 417.625.9318.

A Charlie Brown Christmas: December 12-23: 7 pm, Sundays 2:30 pm, Stained Glass Theatre Joplin, 2101 Annie Baxter Ave. Celebrate the most magical time of the year with a real-life performance of this beloved Christmas cartoon! All ages welcome. General admission tickets will be sold at the door 45 minutes before show time. No one will be seated after the show begins. Tickets: Adults $10, children 13 and under $5. More information: Tammy Aggus,

Holiday Open House, December 13: 5:30–8:30 pm, Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St. Celebrate the holiday season at Local Color’s Holiday Open House! Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, including yourself. Enjoy refreshments while meeting Local Color’s award-winning artists and perusing the spectacular art on display. Items for sale include pottery, paintings, fiber art, scarves, wood turnings, furniture, sculpture, glass, silver and beaded jewelry, and much more. Free and open to the public. More information and reservations: Margie Moss,, 417.553.0835.

Historic Murphysburg Preservation: Home for the Holidays: December 14: 1-6 pm, Murphysburg Joplin. Step back in time for a glimpse into turn-of-the-century Joplin with a holiday homes tour of nine private historic homes. Four of the decorated homes are in the Historic Murphysburg District on South Sergeant Avenue between 3rd and 6th streets, three are in the North Heights Neighborhood a few blocks southwest of Columbia Elementary School and two are in the heart of downtown. The tour starts at Unity of Joplin, located at 204 North Jackson Avenue. The building, formally the Woman’s Club, is a local historic landmark. Unity of Joplin will also be on the tour. That is where you can buy a ticket or exchange your advance ticket for a commemorative booklet. The booklet includes the tour house sites and a map.

David Phelps: It Must Be Christmas 2019 Tour presented by Connect2Culture, December 15: 7:30-9 pm, 2104 Indiana Avenue, Joplin High School Performing Arts. 417.625.6683. An iconic gospel singer whose extensive vocal range and passion for music has attracted thousands of fans from all over the world. With a vocal range spanning more than three octaves, David Phelps has led an astounding career beginning when he was just a child. Starting with small performances at his church, Phelps found his passion for performing.

Neosho, Mo

Ornament Making, December 3: 5-7 pm, Neosho Library. Make ornaments for your Christmas tree. Because we will be using hot glue guns, we ask that participants be at least 12 years old.

Breakfast with Santa: December 7: 8-11 am. Call the Neosho Chamber of Commerce for more details at 417.451.1925.


Arma: December 4: Christmas Open House, 6 pm at Northeast Elementary/Junior High.

Frontenac: December 1: 5 pm. Christmas Tree Lighting at Commons Park in downtown.

Girard: December 14: Christmas Festival 8 am. Ugly Christmas Sweater Fun Run 9 am to 3 pm Holiday Market at St. Michael’s Parish Hall; and, 6 pm Christmas Parade.

Girard Square: December 15: 1 pm to 4 pm. Hometown Holiday Market at Harrigans’ Barn.

McCune: December 7: Christmas Jubilee 5 pm. Supper at McCune Farm to Market and live music at the McCune gym 6 pm.

Pittsburg, KS

December 1: Bells of the Balkans. Ring in the season at Bicknell Family Center for the Arts (time TBA).

December 3: Holiday Extravaganza and 5th Anniversary Celebration for Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 7:30 pm at Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

December 4: Planetarium: Seasons of Light, 6 pm at Kelce Planetarium at PSU.

December 7: 11th Annual Holiday Craft Fair, 8 am to 12 pm at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.

December 7: Santa’s Workshop, 9 am, Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.

December 7: Holiday Zumbathon, 9:30 am at Lincoln Center.

December 14: Breakfast with Santa, 9 am, hosted by PHS Theatre at Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.

December 16: KCS Holiday Express Train, 4 pm, South Elm & East Monroe intersection.

Oklahoma Holiday Events

The Coleman Theatre Presents Elf, December 13, 7-10 pm, Coleman Theatre, 103 N. Main St. The 2003 movie, which is part of the annual “Christmas at the Coleman” celebration, centers around Buddy (Will Ferrell) who was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. General admission tickets are $5.

December 14: The Tulsa Praise Orchestra Presents A Coleman Big Band Christmas, 7-10 pm, Coleman Theatre, 103 N. Main St. The Coleman Theatre and the Tulsa Praise Orchestra and Choir present A Big Band Christmas. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students and children. Since 1995, the Tulsa Praise Orchestra and Choir has performed a unique brand of Big Band music throughout the Midwest. The classic Big Band sound of the Tulsa Praise Orchestra creates an evening of great music celebrating the Christmas season.

December 15: The Coleman Theatre Presents It’s A Wonderful Life, 2:30-5:30 pm, Coleman Theatre, 103 N. Main St. The presentation is part of the annual “Christmas at the Coleman” celebration. Tickets are $5. George Bailey has so many problems, he is thinking about ending it all, and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback.

Kansas City Southern Announces 19th Annual Holiday Express Schedule

Visitors can board the train, meet Santa and his elves, and tour the inside of three cars of the festive six-car train. Each event is free and open to the public.

Goodman, MO: December 14: 4 pm, 205 West B Avenue (at intersection of North School Street & West B Avenue)

Joplin, MO: December 15: 4 pm, Union Depot, just east of “B” and North Main Street

Pittsburg, KS: December 16: 4 pm, Elm and Monroe streets.



Joplin, MO

Ornaments, Crosses, and Trivets, December 6: 6-8 pm, April’s Art House, 5245 Old Highway 71. Create your own unique clay ornaments, crosses or trivets with artist Christina Lorenzen. All materials included. Cost: $35 per person. More information: April Davis,, 417.358.6329.

Family Fun Painting Class (Ages 8+), December 7: 11 am-1 pm, Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St. Looking to unleash your inner artist? Come paint all the things you love! Local Color artists will help you create your own masterpiece featuring Rosso Fiorentino’s Musical Angel, Moss’ Christmas Trees, or Isabel Coppedge’s Winter Scene. All materials are provided and ages 8+ are welcome! Cost is $30. More information: Margie Moss,, 417.553.0835.

Stained Glass Ornaments, December 7: Noon-2 pm, April’s Art House, 5245 Old Highway 71. Learn about the fine craft of glass with Jane McCaulley and create your own stained glass ornament! All materials included. Cost: $40 per person. More information: April Davis,, 417.358.6329.

Christmas Ornament Painting with April Davis, December 14: Noon-2 pm, April’s Art House, 5245 Old Highway 71. Celebrate the holiday spirit and create your own hand-painted Christmas ornament. All materials included. Cost: $25 per person. More information: April Davis,, 417.358.6329.

Clay Jewelry Stand with Sandra Conrad (Ages 12+), December 14: 1-3 pm, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. 3rd St. Just in time for the holidays! Create your own functional art piece to give as a gift or to keep for yourself! Cost: $35. More information: Jade Henning,, 417.623.0183.

Acrylic Painting with April Davis, December 20: 6-8 pm, April’s Art House, 5245 Old Highway 71. Learn more about the art of acrylic painting. Whether you’re looking to make a last-minute gift or unwind from the stress of the holidays, this class is for you! All materials included. Cost: $30 per person. More information: April Davis,, 417.358.6329.

Clay Angels, December 21: Noon-2 pm, April’s Art House, 5245 Old Highway 71. Craft your own clay angel with the guidance of artist Christina Lorenzen. All materials included. Cost: $40 per person. More information: April Davis,, 417.358.6329.

Pittsburg, KS

ArtForms Gallery, 620 N. Broadway, Pittsburg KS, 620.240.0165: ArtForms artists offer pop-up workshops during the month. Follow the Gallery on its Facebook page and/or its website! Facebook:

December 1: Christmas Tree with Lights, 2-4 pm. Artist: Pat. Using acrylic paints, paint a large Christmas tree on canvas. Then light it up by inserting 10-15 Christmas lights in the holes. Bring your own lights, either battery or electric. All other supplies, including paints and canvas plus instruction as needed, will be provided. $30, due at time of registration. Ages adults. Class size limited to 10.

December 5: Embellished Felted Stars, 6-8 pm. Join Sue Horner for an evening creating felted wool stars. In this workshop, you will learn a few embellishment techniques, including hot fix crystals, metals and embroidery. Once ornaments are assembled, they will be hand sewn together with needle and thread. To finish, you will create and attach a hanger for the ornaments. Time should allow to make 2-3 pieces. This is a ‘sipping friendly’ event, if you would like to bring a beverage. $20. Age group: 14 or older, class limit 15.

December 6: Holiday Open House, 5-8 pm. Join the ArtForms Gallery artists for their holiday open house! This will be a great evening to meet the artists and learn about their creative processes. You will have the opportunity to see their latest works for your holiday shopping!

December 8: Kids’ Holiday Art Party, 2-4 pm. Artists: Pat and Laura. Meet Mrs. Claus! Join us for a wonderful afternoon of creative fun! We will make a snowman marionette puppet, reindeer pop-up cards and do some fun shadow dancing! There will be lots of painting so wear something you can splatter. $10, due at time of registration. Ages 7 to 11. Class size limited to 10.

December 12: Let’s Make Buttons, 6-8:30 pm. Artist: Mona. Do you need a specialized unique gift? Then make a collage button! Buttons are great gifts for those who were into alternative culture in their youth, those still in their youth, or for Grandpa and Grandma! Pinback buttons and magnets make the perfect gift to let someone know you’re thinking about them. Bring a photo of your pretty face, your pets, your kids or even an image you created, which can be made into a pinback button or magnet. All supplies for four pinback buttons/magnets provided. $10 per person for four buttons/magnets, additional pinback buttons $2.50 each, additional magnets $3 each. Age group: Adults. Class size: 15.

December 15: Painting—Just for Teens, 2-4 pm. Artist: Pat. This fun painting workshop is just for the teens in your life! Here’s your chance to get your teen out of the house while you do some holiday shopping! Paint a snow scene in acrylic on canvas with guided instruction. Bring a picture of your own or one will be available. Canvas, paints and instruction as needed will be provided. $25, payable at time of registration. Age group: Teens. Class size: 5.

December 15: Snow Scene Painting, 2-5 pm. Artist: Pat. December is here, so snow must be around the corner. Paint the moon, a skinny tree, a short tree, a large tree and snow using acrylic paint. All supplies are provided, including the canvas and instruction as needed. $30. Age group: Adults.

Every Tuesday: Art Exploration. Are you looking for camaraderie while exploring your artistic side? Join Gallery artist Pat Glick every Tuesday afternoon, 1 pm-3 pm to explore different art techniques. Pat will lead you through a creative art experience every week. Feel free to bring something you are working on. We will have opportunities to participate in community activities and charities at times. Art Exploration is free, so you just bring your willingness to try something new in art!








Cultural Events

Joplin, MO

Events in Joplin are subject to change. For a full listing of arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin, visit Connect2Culture is the source for arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin.


December 1: Jimi Hendrix Birthday Celebration featuring Chris Duarte, 5:30 pm (doors 5 pm), The Coda Concert House, 2120 E. 24th St. There is a suggested, minimum donation of $25. More information and reservations: All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

December 10: Ian Moore Acoustic House Concert (Ages 10+), 6:30 pm (doors 6 pm), The Coda Concert House, 2120 E. 24th St. There is a suggested, minimum donation of $25. More information and reservations: All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

December 15: Four State Symphonic Winds Concert, 4 pm, Webb City High School Auditorium, 621 N. Madison St., Webb City. Free and open to the public. More information:


December 1-January 31: The Winter Gift Gallery, Bookhouse Cinema, 715 E. Broadway. The Winter Gift Gallery is a pop-up shop that offers a wide variety of products from local artists and creators. Pop into Bookhouse Cinema on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during operating hours to peruse the Winter Gift Gallery’s stellar selection of items available, including art, jewelry, décor, clothing, books, music and more! More information:, 417.825.5161.

December 1: Downtown Joplin Clean Team, 3-4:30 pm, Spiva Park. Take some time to pitch in and help make our downtown look great! Downtown Joplin Alliance will provide supplies, though you’re welcome to bring extra brooms, rakes or gloves. The Clean Team will meet at Spiva Park and work between 1st-4th streets on Main Street. Free and open to the public. More information:, 417.501.9649.

December 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9 pm, Blackthorn Pizza & Pub, 510 S. Joplin Ave. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10 pm, 21+ from 10 pm until close. Free. Contact, 417.540.9186.

December 6: VSM Joplin: December First Friday, 7-10 pm, Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Learn the art of swing dance with Vintage Swing Movement Joplin! A beginner’s swing dance lesson will take place at 7 pm, followed by a social dance with live jazz at 8 pm. Cost: $5. More information:, 316.243.8175.

December 7: Connect2Culture Pop-Up Box Office, 10 am-3 pm, Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. Prefer to buy tickets to one of Connect2Culture’s performances in person? Visit the pop-up box office at Joplin Empire Market to buy offline. Package tickets and individual tickets available. Tickets also available online. More information:, 417.501.5550.

December 9 & 10: Death Trap Auditions, 7 pm, Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. 1st St. Written by Ira Levin, Death Trap holds the record for the longest-running comedy/thriller on Broadway and was nominated for four Tony Awards. More information:, 417.623.3638.

December 17: Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters Meeting, 10:30 am-2:30 pm, Peace Lutheran Church, 3100 N. Saint Louis Ave. Enjoy a delicious Christmas potluck, watch the installation of the newest officers and exchange gifts with your secret pal. Membership is open to quilters of all ages and abilities. Dues are $20 annually. Any adult can attend two meetings prior to becoming a member. More information:, 417.825.7078.

December 28: JRAC Coffee Hour, 10 am, Beckett’s Café, 705 Illinois Ave. Joplin Regional Artists Coalition Coffee Hours offers JRAC members the opportunity to network, socialize, announce personal art-related news, discuss a pre-determined general art topic or participate in a professional development workshop. Email:

Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th Street

December 12: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 pm. The Writers’ Guild includes a wide variety of writers from hobbyists to professional, published writers. This group is open to the public. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. Search “Joplin Writers’ Guild” on Facebook.

Last Tuesday of the Month: Dog Day Afternoon, 4-4:45 pm. This program encourages independent readers in grades K-5 to practice their skills by reading to certified therapy dogs. Registration takes place at the children’s desk on the day of the event. Call 417.623.2184.

Tuesdays: Movers & Shakers, 9:30 am, 10:45 am and 4 pm. This 40-minute play-and movement-based program is for infants and toddlers and their families. Suggested age: birth to 2 years. Call 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Tales for 2s & 3s, 9:30 am. Library staff use this 30-minute story time to share favorite short stories, simple songs and rhymes. Suggested age: 2 to 3 years. Call 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Fun for 4s & 5s, 11 am. Fun is our favorite game! During this 30-minute story time, library staff share stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays, puppets and more. Suggested age: 4 to 5 years. Call 417.623.2184.

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Family Stories, 4 pm. It’s all about family in this 30-minute story time. Families are encouraged to participate and at-home extension activities are shared. Suggested age: 2 to 5 years. Call 417.623.2184.

First & Third Sundays: Children’s Maker Cart (grades 1-5), 2-3 pm. This program uses recycled materials to explore STEAM concepts. More information: 417.623.2184.


First Monday of the Month: Chess Club, 5:30 pm. Chess players of all experience levels. No registration required. Call 417.623.2184.

Tuesdays & Saturdays: Makerspace Open Studio, 4-7:30 pm on Tuesday; 9:30 am, 2:30 pm on Saturday. On the second Saturday of each month, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace is open on a walk-in, first-come, first-serve basis. Call 417.623.7953, ext.1041.

Second Sunday of the Month: LEGO Club, 2 pm. Toddlers, preschoolers and elementary age children all welcome. Anyone under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult. Call 417.623.2184.

Create N Sip Studios, 223 W. 3rd St:

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5-9 pm. Create N Sip Studios is combining the best of both worlds with their canvas and home decor DIY event! Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28-$58. More information:, 417.680.5434.

Saturdays: Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10 am. Select the painting you want to recreate and let the experienced staff at Create N Sip help you make a masterpiece. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28-$176. More information:, 417.680.5434.

Spiva Center for the Arts: Third and Wall streets, Joplin, MO

Galleries and gift shop hours: 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at or follow us on Facebook. Register online at, and click on the Active Network link for class registrations, scholarship forms, membership payments and donations.


December 5: Spiva Trivia Night (Ages 21+), 6-8 pm, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. 3rd St. Rounds begin every 30 minutes in Spiva’s Main Gallery. $5 per person each round and winners take home 75% of the cash. Beer available to participants. This is a 21 and up event. More information:, 417.623.0183.

December 8: Gallery Brunch, 11 am–2 pm, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. 3rd St. Enjoy a scrumptious brunch in Spiva’s Main Gallery surrounded by the electric membership show. Advance reservations are required. Go to for reservations. Cost: $20 per person. More information:, 417.623.0183.

CLASSES: For more information, contact, 417.623.0183.

Tuesdays: Creation Station (ages 6-11), 3:45-5 pm. Drop in and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and printmaking. Cost: $6 with pre-registration; $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183.

Thursdays: Memories in the Making, 10 am-noon. This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. Free.

Saturdays: Preschool Mini Makers (ages 3-5), 10:30 am, $6 pre-registration, $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183 or visit

Second & Fourth Saturdays: Vet Art with Sandra Conrad, 10:30 am-noon. Instructor Sandra Conrad will lead participants in a variety of art projects using different mediums. Pre-registration required. This free event is open to all active military, reserve, National Guard and veterans and their families. More information:, 417.623.0183.

December 7: Resin Ornaments with Jade Henning, 1-3 pm. Cost: $35. Preserve small keepsakes or original designs of your own to hang on your tree for years to come with this fun and unique workshop.

December 7: Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad, 1-3 pm. $20. A professional model will pose to help you advance your drawing skills. Whether you’re just learning to draw the human form, or an advanced artist wanting to draw a live model, this is the class for you!

December 11: Siblings Improv Sessions, 7:30-9 pm. These no-pressure, loads-of-fun sessions are designed for improvisers with all types of experience. Free.

December 14: Clay Jewelry Stand with Sandra Conrad (ages 15+), 1-3 pm. $20.


Through December 14: 72nd Membership Show, Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery. Free; donations appreciated. Contact or 417.623.0183.

Through December 21: Catherine Kirkland: What’s the Point?, Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery. Contact or 417.623.0183.

Through December 21: JRAC: ARTerior MOtives at Spiva Center for the Arts, Upstairs Gallery, 222 W. 3rd St. Joplin Regional Artists Coalition (JRAC) takes over the Upstairs Gallery with a beautiful collection of art that represents an impressive variety of mediums and talent. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information:, 417.623.0183.

December 1-31: Gwen and a Cup of Tea by Gwen Bogar, Urban Art Gallery,511 S. Main St. More information:, 417.438.5931.

December 1-31: Magical Kingdom by Cathy Broski, Urban Art Gallery, 511 S. Main St. More information:, 417.438.5931.

December 1-31: Schifferdecker Electric Park by White Buffalo Sign Co., at Post Art Library, 1901 E. 20th St. This exhibit will be displayed in the Local History, Genealogy, and Post Reading Room wing on the Library. Free and open to the public. More information:, 417.623.7953 X1041.

December 2-6: Senior Show, Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Free and open to the public. More information:, 417.625.9563.

December 9-12: Senior Show 2 at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Free and open to the public. More information:, 417.625.9563.

December 15-January 16: K-12 Art Show at Missouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 E. Newman Rd. Free and open to the public. More information:, 417.625.9563.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio: 1027 S. Main, Joplin, MO

Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2-6 pm. Up to 4 hours of painting time. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. Call 417.291.1486.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Experimental Painting Class, 10:30 am. Watercolors or fluid acrylics. Cost is $25 per class with materials provided. Class size limited to six; register prior to each Wednesday session. Call 417.553.0835.

Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6-8 pm. Create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. Cost: $30 per class. Call 417.553.0835. 





Health Events

Galena, KS

December 3: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. (Just minutes from Joplin, past the Missouri state line.) 620.783.1732

Dr. Kido, one of our fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Kelly, are providing free weight loss seminars in the Grand Lounge of Premier Surgical Institute. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four State Area interested in learning about – or already considering – surgery as an option for weight loss treatment. Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and help to those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical, and financial consequences of being overweight. Dr. Kido provides solutions that will break the cycle for the many who are frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss.

Premier’s luxurious and peaceful hospital grounds promote wellness and offer the perfect setting for you to relax while we provide important information about our weight loss surgery options.

No reservations necessary to attend. The seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Parsons, KS

Every Thursday: Menu Planning 101, 12 pm or 5:15 pm, Upscale Country Furnishings. Learn to eat better, feel better and save money. Call 620.423.0450.

December 12: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS  

December 10: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

December 24: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

December 10: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact Andrea Buening, 417.659.8086, for information and referral.

December 11 & 24: Grief Support Group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Ste. 100. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System

Joplin, MO

December 3, 4, 5 & 6: CMN Miracle Gadget Sale. Find countless electronics and designer fragrance brands. A portion of sales will benefit your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. 417.347.3793.

December 3: 8 am-4 pm, Freeman Business Center Conference Room 3

December 4: 10 am-3 pm, Freeman East Conference Rooms 1-3E
December 5: 9 am-6 pm, Freeman West Conference Rooms

December 6: 6 am-1 pm, Freeman West Conference Rooms

December 3: Freeman Breast Cancer Support Group, 4:30-6 pm, All Aboard Ice Cream, 102 Castle Drive. Open to breast cancer patients, from newly diagnosed through survivorship. 417.347.2662.

December 3: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-8 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. Respite services for those enrolled through JRO should be requested in advance. Call 417.347.7850.

December 3: Freeman Family & Friends CPR, 6:30-8:30 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource center, Freeman Urgent Care, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C, $20 per person. Advanced registration required.

December 5: Freeman Early Detection Screenings, 8 am-4 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Early detection screenings include abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and stroke/carotid artery screenings, as well as osteoporosis risk assessment. Fees vary. Please call for appointment: 417.347.6555.

December 9: Language Acquisition through Motor Planning, 8:30 am-4 pm, Hope Spring Conference Room, Freeman Neosho Hospital.

December 10: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 4:30 pm (registration), 5:30-6:30 pm (seminar), Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery with doctors and bariatric team members. Call 417.347.1266.

December 10: Freeman Advantage Striders/Blood Pressure Screenings, 7-8:30 am, Northpark Mall Food Court, 101 N. Range Line Road. Get your blood pressure checked, turn in your Striders cards and catch up on Freeman Advantage activities and events. Call 417.347.5837.

December 11: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Lisa Paugh for questions at 417.347.4029.

December 11 &18: Freeman Holiday Farmers Market, 4 pm-7 pm, Freeman West Atrium. Holiday meats, vegetables, cinnamon rolls, flavored popcorn, cookies, cakes, spices and even dog treats!

December 17: Freeman Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman Health Essentials, 1130 E. 32nd St. Call 417.347.7400.

December 19: Freeman Stroke Support Group, 3-4 pm, Freeman Rehabilitation & Sports Center, 2206 E. 32nd St.. Call 417. 347.1234.

December 23: Freeman Neosho Blood Drive, 10 am-3 pm, Freeman Neosho Hospital/North Conference Rooms. When you roll up your sleeve to donate blood, you can save the lives of as many as three people. Please take advantage of this opportunity and donate a pint if you can. 417.347.4603.

December 23: Freeman Real Living with Diabetes, 4:30-5:30 pm, Joplin Public Library, East Conference Room, 1901 E. 20th St. A meeting for anyone struggling with diabetes to discuss real issues and concerns. The meeting topic is Seeing Clearly with Diabetes: Caring for Your Eyes with Diabetes. Refreshments, snacks, product samples and prize drawings available. 417.347.5700.

Freeman Auxiliary

Freeman Auxiliary – Freeman Auxiliary Poinsettia Sale. Net proceeds benefit Freeman Auxiliary projects. 417.347.4603.

December 5: 9 am-while supplies last, Freeman Gift Galleries at Freeman Hospital East and West and Freeman Business Center lobby.
December 5:
9:30 am-while supplies last, Freeman Neosho Hospital.

Freeman Auxiliary Collective Goods Sale. Avoid the hustle and bustle of the stores this holiday season by shopping the Collective Goods Sale. Purchase great books, gifts, toys and games at amazing prices! Net proceeds benefit Freeman Auxiliary projects. 417.347.4603.

December 16: 9 am-4 pm, Freeman Hospital West Conference Rooms
December 17: 7 am-2 pm, Freeman Hospital West Conference Rooms
December 18: 9 am-3 pm, Freeman Business Center Break Room
December 19: 7 am-2 pm, Freeman East Conference Room 1E

December 20: 7 am-2 pm, Freeman Neosho Conference Room

Mercy Hospital

December 5: Weight Loss Seminar occurs the first Thursday from 6-7 pm. Location: Mercy Conference Center. Seminars are free, but attendees must register at For more information, or to register, call Ann Payne at 417.556.2915.

Mercy Hospital – Support Groups & Events

Every Monday: Parkinson’s Support Group, 3:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way, second floor. For more information, call Brittany Bearden at 417.556.8760.

December 9: Bariatric Support Group meets the second Monday monthly, 5:30-6:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call Ann Payne at 417.556.2915.

December 10: Heart 2 Heart on Healthy Living, 5 pm, second Tuesday of each month, Conference Room 1, Mercy Joplin. Topics include healthy eating, exercise and everyday things you can do to take action for heart health. Attendees are asked to register before attending at

December 11: Cancer Caregiver Support Group for Women meets the second Wednesday monthly, 2-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call Allison O’Dell, 417.556.2706.

December 11: Cancer Survivor Support Group for Men meets the second Wednesday from 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Allison O’Dell at 417.556.2706.

December 16: Four States Stroke Support Group meets third Monday monthly, 1:30-2:30 pm, Joplin Senior Center, 2616 S. Picher Ave. For more information, contact Kevin Woods at or 417.556.8420.

December 16: Real Food, Real You Weight Loss Class, 5-6 pm, Mercy Hospital Joplin conference room. Meal planning, exercise, sleep, stress and tips for staying healthy through the holidays. $120 per person. For more information, contact Danielle Keltner at 417.556.6485.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St. in Joplin.

Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.

Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

Neosho, MO

December 23: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice & Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544.

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

December 6: NRMC Foundation Tree of Shining Memories Lighting Ceremony, 5:30 pm, southeast corner of Vernon County Courthouse lawn. Purchase a light in memory of a loved one this holiday season. Memorials will be read aloud at the lighting ceremony and published in the Nevada Daily Mail December 21 (must be received by December 17) and published in the NRMC Main Lobby. To purchase a light, call 417.448.3801.

December 7: Marketplace Enrollment Open House, 9 am-3 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Free and in-person assistance with marketplace plan comparison and financial assistance eligibility. Find out what you qualify for without even creating an account on the marketplace. No registration needed.

December 8: NRMC Holiday Festival, 1-4 pm, NRMC Main Lobby. Join us at NRMC for the 15th annual free kids’ event with games, crafts, face painting and specials guests: Santa and Mrs. Claus! Please register by calling 417.448.3801.

December 11: Caregiver’s Support Group, 1:30-2:30 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Free peer support program.

December 14: Saturday Birth and Beyond Class, 8 am-12 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Four-hour class covers childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3801 to register for this class. 

December 17 & 19: Tuesday/Thursday Birth and Beyond Class, 6-8 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Two-part childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3801 to register.

December 17: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-noon. Kern Senior Center. Free screenings of the month: Blood pressure and bone density.

December 18: Blood Pressure Screening, 10:45 am, Vernon County Senior Center. Free screening.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

December 10 & 23: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

December 12: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

December 12: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.

December 3: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.